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Jesus Praying for His Persecutors

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The Last Words of our Saviour:  Jesus Praying for His Persecutors
Luke 23:33, 34

This morning we come to Calvary. CALVARY was a place of curse as well as a place of blessing. It was a place of curse for our Saviour; yet a place of eternal blessing for us. CALVARY is where we see man at his Worst and see God at His BEST. Calvary is the place where the sinless Lamb of God was slain, and the very place where God shed His precious blood to pay for the sin of the world (John 1:29). Calvary, the place where each sinner must come if they desire to gain entrance into heaven.

As we approach Calvary, or Golgotha’s Hill, and as we stand gazing at this hill which was in the shape of a skull, we will immediately see three crosses outlining the sky. As we walk nearer, we learn of who is hanging on those crosses and the reasons why.

Two thieves occupy the first and third crosses. On the middle cross we see the greatest person that would eve live, for here we are viewing the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus had been born in a stable, just 33 years before this horrific event. He had been raised in Nazareth. He had lived a PERFECT and completely SINLESS life. Yet here we see the innocent dying in the place of the guilty. Here we witness Perfection dying in the place of Imperfection.

The crowd had already clamored for His crucifixion. Now, at this point in history, the hatred for Jesus Christ had risen to its hellish heights. Jesus has already been condemned, even by one government official that had said, “I find no fault in this just man.” The cry, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him” has already been echoed throughout the great gathering of people. The long agonizing march to Calvary has ended. People watched and listened as the nails had been driven into the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. The cross has long since been lifted heavenward. Those that remained at the foot of the cross were watching with the sinful smirks upon their faces as they were well-pleased that Jesus was dying such an excruciating and painful death.

In the midst of this, we hear Jesus Christ speak seven different sentences. This day, let us hear the first words which Jesus spoke from the Cross. With all that Jesus had already endured, were His first words lashing out against His enemies? No, He is praying for them. He just prayed for those that had placed the crown of thorns upon His head; for the Roman soldiers that beat him mercilessly; He prayed for those that had condemned Him; for those that mocked Him; for those that clamored for His crucifixion.

What did Jesus pray, “Father, forgive them?” Who else but God’s Son could had prayed a prayer such as that and under those circumstances? His public life began with prayer and now He closes His public ministry in prayer.

As Jesus is ending His earthly life, he could no longer use His hands to serve the sick, for they are now nailed to a wooden cross. No longer would His feet be able to run errands of mercy and compassion, for they as well have been nailed to the cross. No longer could Jesus teach His disciples, for they have ALL abandoned Him. What then could Jesus do in Hid final hour? He could pray. In fact, the first, fourth and seventh words were all prayers. In the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of His suffering did Jesus pray.

When did Jesus Pray?

The Bible says, “THEN Jesus prayed.” Then, when wicked man was at his worst; THEN, when Satan was laughing in his wicked glee; THEN, when the demons of hell were rejoicing and mocking at what APPEARED to be a triumph for evil! THEN, when the physical pain was at its worst, then Jesus prayed for his enemies.

In this prayer we see Jesus practicing that which He had previously taught from Matthew 5:44, We are …”to PRAY for them which despitefully use you.” We see here man’s greatest need—the need for the forgiveness of his sins. This is why Jesus prayed this prayer for His tormentors. This is why Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
In this prayer, Jesus was asking His Father to withhold Divine punishment until these people could understand the real spiritual significance of what he was doing. Father, they are ignorant now, but they will soon learn of the Gospel as it will be preached. Then they will have the opportunity to repent and receive me as their Saviour. Give them one more chance Father.

Yes, this prayer was answered and many gathered here would be saved as Peter preached to this same basic gathering in Acts chapter two. Three thousand were saved after Peter’s sermon. Can you not imagine the people passing by Peter saying these words?

I spat upon Jesus, but now I understand and repent of my sins. Another rushes up and says, I was the one that drove the nails through His hands. I just asked Jesus for forgiveness. Another sheepishly edges closes to peter and asks, “Can I be forgiven? I drove the crown of thorns deep into the scalp of Jesus. Peter would simply say, Repent and believe and you will be saved! Another runs up to Pewter asking with tears streaming down his face, “Can I receive forgiveness? It was I that slapped His face and pummeled His face until you could not even recognize that His was the face of a man.

Read my words carefully, they did not understand what the true impact of that day was. But you and I do! We know what Jesus did on that crosses and by placing your faith in Jesus Christ, and Jesus alone, you will be forgiven of all!

If you would like to know 100% sure that you have the Complete forgiveness of God, please take a minute to respond and I will show you more from God’s Word how you CAN KNOW this great truth.

Justified: How Can A Holy God Justify Sinners? (Part Three)

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Justified: How Can A Holy God Justify Sinners?

(Part Three)

 

In our last two articles, we discovered how God justifies sinful man by His Grace, (Romans 3:24); God also justifies man by Faith in Jesus Christ,  (Romans 3:26 – 28).
 
Comparing the two above verses, we see that we have been justified by Grace and by Faith in Jesus Christ.   Paul made it very clear that a person cannot be saved by good works such as keeping the law.  Romans 3:20 says, “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
 
We learned that Man’s FAITH Must Be Completely In Jesus Christ To Gain Entrance Into Heaven.   Our faith must rest completely in Jesus Christ, and Him alone!  Our faith in Jesus means that we are trusting in what He has done on the cross to pay our sin debt rather than trusting in what we can do. 
 
So we have learned that we are justified by Grace and not because we Deserve justification; we have been justified by Faith and not because of  our works or good lives.
 
 However, there is yet a third method involved in the justification process.  Paul teaches us that we have been justified by the Blood of Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:9 says, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” 

How Did God Deal With Our Sin Problem?

God is a just God that HAD to deal with our sin problem.  He could not overlook our sin.   
 
Leviticus 17:11 is clear on this matter when it says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” 
Ephesians 1:7: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”

Romans 4:25: “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

What we must understand to fully appreciate our magnificent salvation is that God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, willingly subjected Himself to the death of the Cross in order to pay our sin debt for us.  It was a debt that He did not owe, yet was willing to pay so we could go where we really do not deserve, Heaven! 
 

Jesus Christ became our substitute.    This means that He took OUR sins in His sinless body.   II Corinthians 5:21: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”      I Peter 2:24: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we , being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed .”       
 
I Peter 3:18: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

Without the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ,  we would not have salvation;  nor the forgiveness of our sins; neither an eternal home in heaven.  Hebrews 9:22, “… and without shedding of blood is no remission.

What Does Justification Look Like in Real-Life?

Someone recently had brought up something they had done to me.   They came to ask my forgiveness.    When they tried to remind me of the wrong, I simply asked, “What are you talking about?    They tried to remind me by saying, You know, the time that I…   I replied,  No I cannot remember it   Sure you do, was their response.  I really blew it!  No, I replied once again, I honestly cannot remember you ever doing this against me..  And I couldn’t.”
 
This is a picture of what happens when Stan tried to accuse us before God (Revelation 12:10).  Satan says, “How can you ever forgive him?  Jesus simply says, Because of my Blood.   Jesus, he is a sinner.   Because of my Blood.   But ole Jim is far from perfect.  How could you ever justify him? Because of my Blood.   Because of My shed blood, and His faith in my sacrifice for him, I now have no record that Jim was EVER a sinner in the first place. 

If you have ANY doubts about your salvation, please contact me at: JimKilgoreMinistires@gmail.com  and I will help you from God’s Word immediately.

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Justified: How Can A Holy God Justify Sinners??

Justified: How Can A Holy God Justify Sinners?

 

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Job 9:2 asks a thought-provoking question, “I know it is of a truth: but HOW shall a man be just with God?” How can a person really be justified before a holy God? Or, how can a holy God justify sinners? What great questions they are.

However, it is imperative that we clearly understand from the beginning, that God does not overlook our sin. God personally dealt with the sin question 2,000 years ago. He did this on the Cross, through His sinless Son, Jesus Christ. We have been justified as a result of a three step process. We shall look at the first step today.

We Have Been Justified Freely By God’s Grace

 

Romans 3:24 says: “Being justified FREELY by His grace through the redemption that is IN Christ Jesus.” Paul reminds the Believer that justification is not by merit, but completely by the Glorious Grace of God! The word freely could be translated “without a cause.” In other words, there is NOTHING within you and I that would cause God to justify us because of our “good, moral, and exemplary life.” No, Paul concludes that justification is definitely an act of pure grace.

What exactly is grace? Grace is the unmerited and unmeritable favor of our Righteous and Holy God. Grace in its simpler term means, “God is giving to sinful man, that which man does NOT deserve.” Paul said to the Christians in Ephesus that their salvation was all by the grace of God. Ephesians 2:8-9: “ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not that of yourselves; It is the GIFT of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Who Exactly Does God Actually Justify?

God justifies the ungodly person. Romans 4:5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” This is just the opposite of what took place during the Old Testament days.

Deuteronomy 25:1 shares this truth with us: “If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.”

Now if God were to deal with us like this today, would we not ALL be condemned to be an eternal hell forever? Yet God does NOT want man to remain separated from Him. II Peter 3:9 says: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” I Timothy 2:4 expresses the desire of God perfectly, “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

This is pure grace. What is man really life when standing exposed to the perpetrating eyes of God? Romans 3:23 reminds us that WE have ALL sinned and come short of the glory of God. We do not even come close to the perfection of God. In fact, the closer I get to God, the blacker my sin becomes to me. How sad, but after being a Christian for these 44 years, I am just beginning to understand just how wicked and vile I have been in the sight of God.

This realization of their sinfulness led Isaiah to cry out in Isaiah 64:6: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…” After receiving a glimpse of the Glory of God, Isaiah then understood his utter helplessness apart for God and he cried out in Isaiah 6:1, “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.” Isaiah 6:3, “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:5: reveals Isaiah’s response, “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

This realization of God’s Holiness and our own utter sinfulness should lead us to call out to God for the forgiveness of our sins so God may justify us and allow us to enter into His Heaven. God’s PROMISE to EVERY person is found in Romans 10:13: “For WHOSOEVER shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Will You Call Upon Jesus Christ For The Forgiveness Of Your Sins Now?

 

We Can Fail Forward or we can Remain in the City called Regret!

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We Can Fail Forward or we can Remain in the City called Regret!

  I John 1:9

                                                        

 Okay, you sinned!  You have been plagued with a daily visitor.  He has visited your heart and mind every day since you sinned.  He reminds you that you are worthless; that your life is now irrelevant, and absolutely unable to be used of God again.  The visitor’s goes by the name of Guilt. 

The truth is, as you would readily admit, is that you are guilty.  You have committee the sin against God.  There is no covering the sin.  You have acknowledged this sin. You are not proud of it,and even wonder how it could had happened in the first place.

However, what Guilt does not want you to recognize, is that once you went to God seeking His forgiveness, that God has already forgiven the offense.  Our text makes this clear from  I John 1:9.

Unfortunately, many people, including those in the Christian family, will not let you forget what you have done wrong.  There will be articles written; Facebook posts printed; Tweets dispatched to remind the world of what a failure you have become.   Even though they claim for themselves, the forgiveness that God has for all believers, when it comes to another Believer, they seem to slam the door of grace shut!

 So my advice to you, should you find yourself expecting to find grace, from those living in the “Grace is for me and not for you neighborhood” is simple.  If you’re holding out for the universal acceptance and grace from this community, I’m afraid that you will be holding up in your room for a very long time.   While is it wonderful whenever others accept that God has forgiven you, you cannot, and must not allow another’s treatment of you to negate what God has already given to you: forgiveness. 

 

How Can and Should we Face Failure?

 

1.   First, we must CONSIDER our sins and failing.  The Bible speaks of this in Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:   And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  The word for search means “to ransack.”  It carries the idea of a thief breaking into your home and going through every area of your house to search for valuables.   We must invite and the cooperate with the Holy Spirit, as He searches our hearts to reveal that which is offensive to a holy God.  No attempt of a cover-up, like many governments and people are prone to do.   Complete cooperation with the Holy Spirit. Once our sins have been revealed, we may now go to God to confess our sins.

 

2.  Second, we must completely CONFESS our sin and failing to God.   We cannot compromise the sin.  We must admit that we had sinned against God and perhaps to others. 

 

  • Jeremiah 33:8: And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.

 

 

3.   Next, we are required to CAST-AWAY our sins.    Proverbs 28:13 says: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

 

Create an Environment where You are not Placing Yourself in an Area of Temptation.

 

If a person’s sin was drinking, then one might want to write down the things which could lead him to the cesspool of sin and make a commitment to God to avoid these areas of temptation. .    It would be wise to stay away from liquor scenes.  Simply turn the channel when they appear in a commercial or in a TV program.  Avoid any connection with liquor at all costs. You might need want to stay out of restaurants that serve it; avoid parties that would make it easily available to you.

 

The Principle of Replacement

The Principle of Replacement is found in the Book of Ephesians Chapter Four.  We are to replace lying with truthfulness; stealing with giving; anger with kindness; unforgiveness with forgiveness; bitterness with dealing with the offense we have with another, before going to sleep at night.   

The practical application would be to replace the sinful, old behaviors with new positive, Biblical habits.  This is how we will get victory over that which has caused us failing and sin in the past.

  • An encouraging verse to every Believer that has failed is:  Proverbs 24:16, ‘For though a righteous man may fall seven times, he rises again.”

 

  •  Listen, EVERYONE FAILS God at some point, and perhaps even frequently.  What we need to remember is that we do not have to stay down.  As Goldsmith said, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall.”

 


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I Want to Live the Victorious Christian Life: Signed: Tired of Living in Defeat!

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Living the Abundant Christian life is undoubtedly the greatest need for many Christians. Perhaps even you are reading this to find out what a Life of Victory is all about. The good news is that Jesus has freely offered the Abundant Christian Life to EVERY Christian. Jesus said in John 10:10: “…..I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

What exactly is this abundant life Jesus has offered to me?

The Abundant Christian Life is one of continual Victory! It is one which has the following Characteristics:

1. You will know blessings such as “Specific Answers to Prayer.”
James 5: 16 – 18 says: “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” Elijah was living the type of life Jesus was referring to. He experienced power with God through prayer, and what a prayer it was!

The Person Living in Victory Will Receive Regular Answers to Specific Prayers

2. You will receive fresh insights from your time alone with God.

You will find yourself saying often, “I have never seen this before as you study you Bible. What fresh insights have you discovered lately from your Bible reading? A few this week for me were:

* The Devil will leave after we resist him, BUT he will come back (Luke 4:13).
* David fought the giant Goliath by himself, but he needed others to help him defeat the other giants. There are some battles that we can fight alone, but many times we NEED the other Christians to help us as we fight the battle.

3. You will begin gaining victory over sin in your life. You can and should be getting victory over sin in your life. You do not have to say yes to every temptation and commit sin. The tragedy is that most Believers do not put up much of a fight. Most have no idea how to use the “Armor of God” and in what particular situation. (Another study soon to arrive here).

4. You will experience great Joy. Psalm 16:11 says: ” Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” God desires that you have “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). You can have joy in spite of adverse circumstances; in spite of another’s treatment of you; in spite of the economic condition when you are living in victory.
Psalm 51:12 says: “Restore unto me the JOY of Thy salvation…” We can get the joy back into our lives! It comes through Prayer and spending time in the Presence of God.

Are you living in Victory or in Defeat? Defeat brings the following characteristics: Discouragement; Fear; a Critical spirit; an Unforgiving spirit; Envy; and a life committing the same sins over and again.

This life can be yours by sincerely doing the following:

1. It begins with SALVATION. Romans 10:13 promises you that: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

2. SIN must be dealt with each day. I John 1:9 promises the Christian: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Confess means to agree with God against your sin. Ask His forgiveness sincerely, and Jesus WILL forgive ALL your sins!

3. SUBMISSION to the Scriptures. This is Obedience to the Bible.

Which life do you want to live? The choice is Yours!
Email me under the contact tab and I will get in touch with you to help with Knowing How to go to Heaven or How to get started living this life of Victory!

A Forgiven People SHOULD become a Forgiving People

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You have been hurt. And this is not the first time this person has wronged you. However, this time they crossed the line. They have hurt you for the last time. You will NOT place yourself in this position again. You realize that something must be done. The situation is not getting any better. Actually, it has only grown worse. But what should you do? What is the best way to handle the situation? And, what are your options?
The great news is that you do in fact have options. Right now you have three choices in dealing with the wrong inflicted upon you.

You see, once you have been hurt, you have the choice to either Blow up, Bottle up, or deal Biblically with the matter.

EXPLAIN EACH.

But, you protest, I just don’t feel like forgiving this person. The offenses have been too frequent and have left bitter scars uopn my heart. This is no doubt a fair assessment.
Stop for a moment and consider your treatment of the One who created you! Have you always treated God with the respect He deserves? Have you always been obedient to His Word? The answer leads to an important conclusion in your treatment of others: No one could possibly wrong you as much as you have wronged Jesus.
Understanding this will enable you to become more tolerant and willing to extend forgiveness to those who hurt you.

Forgiveness in the Bible means to send away. The Old Testament had a picture of what God does with the sins of each person who comes seeking His forgiveness. This is found in Leviticus __________ in which God……….

The idea is that God will NEVER bring those sins up against the Believer again in judgement.

LIST SEVERAL BIBLE VERSES and the east explanation I used in SS class.

I learned while taking counseling classes, that when a person speaks the following words, “I forgive you” that three promises are being made to the person that hurt you.
First, I promise that I will never bring the problem or hurt up to you! The key word is: Never! People have a way of remembering wrongs as though there were a reward to be obtained for the remembrance.

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